There’s lots of fun to be had at Homestead Metro Park this summer, including a series of special events to please parkgoers of all ages. Grab your snacks, blankets and chairs and head to the Summer Entertainment Series, sponsored by Giant Eagle. Mark your calendar for these upcoming, exciting performances:
Comedy Juggler – Matt Jergens
Thursday July 7 @7pm
Join us to witness an international gold medalist juggler perform captivating tricks. Matt’s routines are choreographed to music for a toe-tapping good time. Watch as he balances a basket full of eggs on top of a 20 foot pole while juggling. Come to the performance and find out how.
Ventriloquist – Mike Hemmelgarn
Thursday, July 28 @7pm
Add a little bit of magic, puppets, juggling and comedy. Wrap it up all together in a fun-filled performance. Both children and adults laugh hysterically as Mike puts on a great fast-paced show. You may even be picked to become one real live ventriloquist dummies. In a good way, of course…
Rock Band – The Shazzbots
Thursday, August 4 @7pm
Many adjectives can be used to describe this band: zany, cool, quirky, exciting, sought after, fun, lively, stellar. But dull is never part of the description. The Shazzbots play all around the country at libraries, festivals and schools. This is one cool kid rock band even adults love.
Each performance is held at the amphitheater located in the back of the park. Due to the popularity of the performances, we recommend everyone try to come at least 30 minutes before the start of the program. All performances are 1-hour in length. Be sure to take time to discover Homestead Park and stay for some family entertainment this summer.
The 44-acre Homestead MEtro Park offers a quiet, country atmosphere with a covered bridge, train station replica and two barns, with gently rolling hills surrounding a 2.5-acre lake. This is a perfect park for a picnic and you can set the kids loose to explore two large playgrounds. Metro Parks began managing the park in September 2015 and has added some Metro Parks “flare” to this little hidden gem as our naturalists now offer fun family programs about wildlife and native habitats in the park. Programs are held at the nature center and barn shelter, where visitors can touch live animals, read a nature book, or complete a scavenger hunt.
(By Chrissy Hoff, Naturalist Homestead and Glacier Ridge Metro Parks)